Dell does a good job of making quiet powerful workstations. The T7600 is the flagship of Dell’s workstation lineup targeted at professional users. It’s smaller and lighter than the previous T7500. However, the case is less spacious and we’re not entirely sold on the new industrial design.
Dell T7600 promotional video touts the design of its latest workstation which is very modular and clean. We like the built in handles and removable power supply. However, we prefer horizontal orientation for our optical drives. The compartment for HDDs/SSDs makes it easy to swap drives in and out but the release mechanism is a bit flimsy and could easily be broken.
Also the front cover is not on hinges and takes more time than it should to replace. We find it much simpler to just pop the side off of our T7500 and swap drives in and out.
Performance wise the T7600 is a great machine for video editing and it’s very quiet. Dell has really mastered the art of cooling and airflow with large fans and efficient designs. You can have the T7600 right next to you under a desk and barely notice it’s there.
Overall, the T7600 didn’t have quite the quality feel we were expecting. It’s like that “soft-touch” experience you expect from today’s new cars. Not a huge deal, it just feels less expensive than the price tag, which adds up quickly. However, what puts Dell on our list every time we consider a new workstation is the combination of computing power and acoustic performance. The T7600 is one powerful church mouse of a workstation.